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High Cholesterol board


I have had high cholesterol ever since it was first checked in my early 20s and it has remained at the same level (6.5) throughout (I am now 68). A few months ago, my doctor decided to put me on Crestor "just as a precaution". At the same time, he sent me for an ultrasound scan on my carotid arteries. That showed they are completely clear but he still feels it is sensible to stay on Crestor particularly as my cholesterol ratio has dropped to 3.5, although the HDL level is still below the 'normal' range.
It may be coincidence but since shortly after going onto Crestor, I have been suffering with a problem in one eye (vitreous shrinkage).
All this talk about the value of statins to those who have no existing vascular problems is very worrying. As an engineer, I was always taught to work on the principle of "If it ain't broke don't fix it" and that seems to apply here.
The possible risks associated with all of the statins are quite scary so is it really sensible to blindly follow the advice of doctors who are being cajoled by the pharmaceutical reps? My wife was a medical secretary in the UK for 17 years and she says the amount of entertaining that the reps offer is a powerful influence on the prescribers.
[QUOTE=brianmf;3416314]I have had high cholesterol ever since it was first checked in my early 20s and it has remained at the same level (6.5) throughout (I am now 68). A few months ago, my doctor decided to put me on Crestor "just as a precaution". At the same time, he sent me for an ultrasound scan on my carotid arteries. That showed they are completely clear but he still feels it is sensible to stay on Crestor particularly as my cholesterol ratio has dropped to 3.5, although the HDL level is still below the 'normal' range.
As an engineer, I was always taught to work on the principle of "If it ain't broke don't fix it" and that seems to apply here.


Well, you know what I think...it's all up to you mate! you know your history and risks factors, so you can judge all this to make your choice.
This whole thread is so disturbing. As someone with some narrowed arterys I have a lot of concern on this topic obviously. I have stopped taking zetia since I now read it can slightly increase plaque which is ridiculous but seems to be true. I am taking crestor and I get body aches so I may have to stop that too. Will just taking Red Rice Yeast alone keep my cholesterol down ( i am back to a mostly veggy diet as well )? Also does it help with inflammation like statins supposedly do?
[QUOTE=Lutheran122;3421199]This whole thread is so disturbing. As someone with some narrowed arterys I have a lot of concern on this topic obviously. I have stopped taking zetia since I now read it can slightly increase plaque which is ridiculous but seems to be true. I am taking crestor and I get body aches so I may have to stop that too. Will just taking Red Rice Yeast alone keep my cholesterol down ( i am back to a mostly veggy diet as well )? Also does it help with inflammation like statins supposedly do?

I agree that the topic is disburbing, particularly for those of us who have no specific symptoms. We're worried about being prescribed statins as a precautionary measure rather than as a corrective measure.
In your case, you have a medical condition which means you need to find a doctor who understands the condition and has sound advice to offer.
If you really can associate those body aches with Crestor, you should mention it to the doctor rather than just taking yourself off the medication.